Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe
In White's view, beyond the surface level of the historical text, there is a deep structural, or latent, content that is generally poetic and specifically linguistic in nature. This deeper content - the metahistorical element - indicates what an "appropriate" historical explanation should be.
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this book is a knockout if you are interested in history and literature. it suggests that we can write history to be true to events, or as a story, and shows how that is done. Read full review
To sum up in one sentence; you find - and write - what you're looking for.
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